Anthrocon 2009: OMG Aliens! - DJ Auditions CLOSED

DJ AUDITIONS ARE NOW CLOSED!
** The list of DJs should be anounced by February 1st 2009

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2008 Balcony Photo posted

Thanks to Techwolf, the 2008 Fursuit Group Photo on the convention center balcony can be found here.

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2008 Artists Alley/Con Store Report

We came into Artists Alley and Con Store this year knowing it was going to be a big year. We had new cash registers, new staff, a new payout process, and an Alley that was 40% larger than last year. I am pleased to say that we met all of the challenges presented and created and Artists Alley and Con Store that was really great. Were we perfect? No, we hit some bumps along the way. But we have reached a point where we can stop creating processes and can start refining the processes.

Of course, I'm the spokesman for the department, and the most visible person in it. I am under no illusions that our success is all because of me. First off, I had help in all of the pre-planning, register programming, and process design from my husband Takaza. Once it came time to execute all of our plans, my staff jumped in and made it happen: Woody, Frostbite, Chanur and Grandma and Grandpa Kage all came back from last year, and were eager to go to work.. Shy Matsi, Rama, Dave (TecKnow), Delphi, and Space Dingo joined us this year and did a great job, as well. I want to single out Rooth, my de facto second in command (and next year it will be more than de facto!) for taking initiative to improve the Alley both before and during the convention and providing some outstanding technical know-how. Finally, we wouldn't have been able to make AA/CS work without the help of Takaza's Finance staff: Linnaeus, DaveQat, Tango, and Hartree. Thanks to all of you!

Now, let's talk about the nitty-gritty:

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Anthrocon 2008 Charity Auction Followup

Hi, and welcome to the 2008 edition of the Anthrocon Charity Auction Followup! Smiling

First, the bad news: The Charity Auction had the lowest return this year since 1999, we're sorry. There were issues, we know - some we could've fixed, others out of our hands. We are working to change for 2009. We have plans - BIG plans - that should turn things around on many levels. Stay tuned!

And now the good news: We raised a total of $3,982 for Pittsburgh Parrot Rescue, our charity this year! They also benefited from donations at their Dealers' Room table to the tune of $1,102! Kage & 2's charity benefit performance raised $3,040! Dr. Gerbasi's survey team donated $130! Anthrocon provided a matching (sorta) donation of $5,000!

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Something new for 2009

There are some important changes that our attendees should be aware of when making plans for 2009.

  • Anthrocon 2009 will be held from July 2 through July 5, 2009.
  • The Omni William Penn is not available next year. We are arranging for rooms at both the Doubletree and the Courtyard by Marriott (altough we were given only a small block at the Courtyard).
  • All hotel reservations will require a one-night deposit at the time the reservation is made. That deposit is not refundable if the reservation is canceled.
  • Anthrocon's major functions will move into Hall B, where we should have enough space for years to come.
  • Registration for Anthrocon 2009 will begin after Labor Day after we have recovered from 2008.
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Anthrocon 2008 Masquerade Followup

Hi all and welcome to this year's edition of the Anthrocon 2008 Masquerade Followup!

This was yet another well-executed show, demonstrating that Anthrocon is the place to be for costume performance.

I'd like to thank everyone who participated for making this event as easy for me as it was for you. Every performer was on their mark and attentive, resulting in a show that ran well and was enjoyed. I'd like to also thank John "KuddlePup" Cole for lending us his expert skills as MC once again and for helping me coordinate the rehearsal and presentation.

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Fursuits!

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Thank All 453 of ya! We were exactly 100 more than last year! Parade route had some glitches, but we have laready planned and walked out next year's path. I will say we intend to get the Radio/route music fixed.. We will utilize more stairwells to get up to the roof quicker.. We will shorten the route by a football field length.. And we will use a semaphore flagging system so all on the deck can see when the photographer is ready and taking the pictures..

So in all, we learned from this year's mistakes, and will do better next year, where I'm sure we will break 553! :>

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The impact of Anthrocon on the City of Pittsburgh

I have just learned from the Pittsburgh Convention and Visitor's Bureau that the official estimate of the economic impact of Anthrocon 2008 on the city was $3,082,000. That is due primarily to purchases of Fernando's Lasagna Wraps.

In 2007, Anthrocon was the 9th largest convention in the city in terms of direct spending.

They scritch our ears, we scritch theirs.

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All through for 2008! We'll be back July 2-5, 2009.

2008 was yet another groundbreaking year for Anthrocon!

Total in attendance: 3,390 (a 19% increase over 2007), leaving us still the largest furry convention in the world.

Total fursuiters in the fursuit parade: 453 (another new record)

Total amount donated to Pittsburgh Parrot Rescue: $3,900 at the auction + an extra $5,000 from Anthrocon at Closing Ceremonies (rigelkitty has additional amounts which will be posted this weekend) + $3000 from the "2-Gether On Stage" performance by Kage and 2 the Ranting Gryphon.

Our Guest Of Honor O.K. was legendary Disney cartoonist Floyd Norman, who has worked on such classics as Jungle Book and 101 Dalmatians, and Adrienne Norman, herself a prominent artist with Disney. Both seemed to enjoy their time in our company, and Floyd has written some nice things in his blog starting with this entry.

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Countdown to Anthrocon 2008!

Anthrocon 2008 is almost here! For those of you who will be attending, here are a few last-minute helpful links:

If you have any questions or concerns during the convention, The Operations Office, located on the Third Floor of the Westin will be happy to assist you. We will be unable to answer emails after Tuesday, June 24th!

After the convention, be sure to visit our Post-2008 forums and take our survey so we can make Anthrocon even better!

We'll see you there.

-- The Anthrocon Staff

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